Long Road South & Blank Brand

I’ve posted some of the bags I’ve shot before for Blank Brand here & here. Well a few weeks ago I had the great pleasure to photograph a whole mess of custom bags that Matt designed & sewed for an awesome couple who are now almost 3 weeks into an epic bicycle trip they’re calling the Long Road South.

The 20 bags in these photos are being used to organize the daily necessities of bike touring from Portland, Oregon to Patagonia, Argentina (that’s around 10,000 miles over the course of a year). If you can help Seth and Kelly out, they are accepting donations to help provide for the occasional motel room and what nots.

photo shoot with Kelly Schwann and Seth McBride with their Blank Brand bags that they will be using on their Long Road South bicycle trip (see www.longroadsouth.com for more info). (Spencer Williams/Spencer Williams www.urbanboyscout.com)

This shot, after the sun left us, was done at an elementary school close to my house. Seth & Kelly crossed into California a few day ago.

photo shoot with Kelly Schwann and Seth McBride with their Blank Brand bags that they will be using on their Long Road South bicycle trip (see www.longroadsouth.com for more info). (Spencer Williams/Spencer Williams www.urbanboyscout.com)

I set this shot up in my garage to most easily accommodate Seth and to display all of the bags which are then packed into a much larger bag which Kelly tows behind her bike on a trailer.

photo shoot with Kelly Schwann and Seth McBride with their Blank Brand bags that they will be using on their Long Road South bicycle trip (see www.longroadsouth.com for more info). (Spencer Williams/Spencer Williams www.urbanboyscout.com)

This image was made outside the same elementary school, which has this closed road between it and a park. This location was great to visually place them “on the road” so to speak.

photo shoot with Kelly Schwann and Seth McBride with their Blank Brand bags that they will be using on their Long Road South bicycle trip (see www.longroadsouth.com for more info). (Spencer Williams/Spencer Williams www.urbanboyscout.com)

Some behind the scenes set-up of all the bags. Left to right: Seth (directing), Matt (Blank Brand), Kelly (styling), and Greg (all-around support & great attitude).

photo shoot with Kelly Schwann and Seth McBride with their Blank Brand bags that they will be using on their Long Road South bicycle trip (see www.longroadsouth.com for more info). (Spencer Williams/Spencer Williams www.urbanboyscout.com)

Greg using a couple of iPhone flashlights to add just a touch of light to Kelly’s face.

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CarryAll Convertible Tote from Blank Bags & Launch Party

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If you were handed a bag, you had to get your picture taken. Simple.

My neighbor is a designer trained as an architect. His name is Matt.  Matt started Blank Brand last year to design, produce and sell bags. His first bag was launched via a successful Kickstarter campaign in October of 2012. I photographed that first line of bags to supplement Matt’s Kickstarter launch.

Well, Matt is back with a NEW Kickstarter Campaign to launch an Awesome, brand new bag with some very cool features. The CarryAll Convertible Tote has adjustable handles that allow the bag to be a briefcase, a shoulder tote, or a messenger style bag.

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Briefcase

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Shoulder Tote

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Messenger Style

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As part of the Kickstarter launch for the CarryAll Convertible Tote, Matt threw a backyard lawn party, PDX style, at the Blank Design Shop last Saturday. And since I live just across the street, I carried some lights and and a backdrop over and ran a little photo booth of some folks and the new bag. We had a great time drinking some beer, eating some burgers and hanging out.

The CarryAll Convertible Tote holds a ton of stuff and has plenty of little pockets and features to keep it all organized.

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Interior with Letter-size Folder and Notebook

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Interior with Hand Dyed iPad Sleeve and Notebook

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Exterior of the Top Load Accessory Pockets

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you were at the launch party and I took your photo, you can check them out over at my Urban Boy Scout Gallery Site.

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